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The Compounding Threat Of Invasive Alien Species – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 5 September 2023, 12:51 pm | Science Media Centre

  Biological invasions cost the global community an estimated USD$423 billion in 2019, and those costs have quadrupled every decade since 1970. The Assessment Report on Invasive Alien Species and their Control is a new report released by the ... More >>

Most Bread And Flour Now Fortified With Folic Acid - Expert Reaction

Monday, 14 August 2023, 10:33 am | Science Media Centre

As of tomorrow, all non-organic bread-making wheat flour in New Zealand will be fortified with folic acid. The supplement has been proven to prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, which affect on average 64 pregnancies a year in New ... More >>

Measures To Protect Native Biodiversity – Expert Reaction & SMC Briefing

Thursday, 3 August 2023, 1:47 pm | Science Media Centre

From tomorrow, populations of indigenous species and the size of their habitats in Aotearoa must not drop below current levels. The National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity aims to help councils, communities, landowners, and mana ... More >>

Scientists Race To Validate Controversial Superconductor Claim – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 3 August 2023, 12:50 pm | Science Media Centre

South Korean scientists claim to have created a room-temperature superconductor, which could could revolutionise nearly anything that uses electricity or magnets. But many experts are still skeptical. Superconductors currently require extremely ... More >>

WHO Says NZ's Tobacco Control Nearly Among The Best In The World - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 1 August 2023, 10:42 am | Science Media Centre

New Zealand is one step away from joining a small club of countries that have implemented all of the World Health Organization's best-practice guidelines around tobacco control. The latest report from the WHO says New Zealand is carrying out most of the "MPOWER" ... More >>

The Impact Of Meta’s Algorithms During The 2020 US Election – Expert Reaction

Friday, 28 July 2023, 10:19 am | Science Media Centre

US researchers worked with Meta to analyse how the social media company’s algorithms influenced what people saw and believed during the 2020 US election period. The series of four papers, published in Science and Nature , found algorithms are “extremely ... More >>

Your Local Park Could Hold The Fountain Of Youth - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 29 June 2023, 12:12 pm | Science Media Centre

Having green spaces like parks and community gardens in your neighbourhood could be associated with slower biological aging, new international research suggests. The long-term study involved more than 900 people in the US. Researchers found people ... More >>

Kids Could Be Worst Off In Winter Illness Surge - Expert Q&A

Friday, 16 June 2023, 11:34 am | Science Media Centre

Cases of RSV and Influenza B are on the rise this winter - both illnesses which predominately affect our youngest and most vulnerable. Meanwhile, the FDA in the US is recommending infants get a monoclonal antibody vaccine to ward off RSV infection. ... More >>

Does NZ Need An Update To Genetic Modification Rules? – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 15 June 2023, 10:58 am | Science Media Centre

The National Party is proposing to update New Zealand’s biotechnology rules and open up access to gene editing and genetic modification. The proposed benefits include climate and pest resistant crops, technologies to treat cancer and cardiovascular ... More >>

Seabed Mining Around Aotearoa - Expert Q&A

Tuesday, 16 May 2023, 11:38 am | Science Media Centre

A select committee will consider the risks and benefits of seabed mining in New Zealand waters. The effects of mining on ocean life and the environment will be weighed against the need for metals crucial to the production of “green technologies”. ... More >>

Torrential Downpours Flood North Island – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 10 May 2023, 11:12 am | Science Media Centre

  Roads are closed due to flooding and slips overnight, as a deluge battered Auckland and areas of Gisborne and the Bay of Plenty. The wild weather has seen Auckland enter its third state of emergency this year. The SMC asked experts to comment . ... More >>

Australia Bans Non-prescription Vaping - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 3 May 2023, 2:01 pm | Science Media Centre

Vapes with flavours and bright colours will be restricted, and non-prescription vape imports will be more tightly controlled in Australia. The changes come as part of a host of new measures aimed at restricting the use of vapes in Australia. In ... More >>

Genetic Discrimination In New Zealand – Expert Reaction

Friday, 28 April 2023, 10:04 am | Science Media Centre

Health professionals want government regulations to protect New Zealanders from genetic discrimination by insurance companies, according to a new survey. Almost two dozen Kiwi healthcare professionals who discuss genetic testing with patients ... More >>

A Looming Deadline For Deep-sea Mining Regulations – Expert Q&A

Wednesday, 19 April 2023, 5:57 pm | Science Media Centre

An untapped abundance of minerals lies at the bottom of the deep sea. These include metals that are crucial for the production of electric vehicles and other “green technologies,” but the environmental impacts of mining these materials are largely ... More >>

Taking Breaks To Stay Covid-safe – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 11 April 2023, 10:12 am | Science Media Centre

Keeping rooms ventilated and taking breaks are critical factors in stopping respiratory viruses like COVID-19 from building up inside during a gathering, new modelling research suggests. Research published today in PNAS models the spread of respiratory disease ... More >>

New Zealand’s First Recorded Case Of Rabies – Expert Reaction

Friday, 31 March 2023, 11:57 am | Science Media Centre

A traveller who contracted the rabies virus overseas was diagnosed in New Zealand last week and subsequently died. Health officials say person-to-person transmission of rabies almost never happens, so there is no risk to members of the public. The ... More >>

10-year Plan For Pacific Children’s Health – Expert Reaction

Friday, 31 March 2023, 11:57 am | Science Media Centre

Quality housing, sustainable incomes, and better access to healthcare and education would make a world of difference to Pacific children’s lives, according to researchers. The recommendations are made in the Tamaiti Ole Moana report, containing a 10-year ... More >>

Candida Auris And Superbugs In Aotearoa – Expert Reaction

Friday, 31 March 2023, 11:57 am | Science Media Centre

The antifungal-resistant yeast Candida auris has been detected in New Zealand, adding to the list of germs that can resist treatment by our currently available medications. The World Health Organisation lists antimicrobial resistance as one of the top 10 ... More >>

Synthesising Everything We Know About Climate Change – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 21 March 2023, 4:14 pm | Science Media Centre

Not only are there feasible ways to cut down greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to human-caused climate change, but these actions can be taken right now, according to a major scientific report released today. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ... More >>

Synthesising Everything We Know About Climate Change – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 21 March 2023, 4:13 pm | Science Media Centre

  Not only are there feasible ways to cut down greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to human-caused climate change, but these actions can be taken right now, according to a major scientific report released today. The Intergovernmental Panel ... More >>

   

 
 
 
 
 

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